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Rene Gralla vs Simon Demel
Open HSK-Tournament (2015), Hamburg GER, rd 7, May-06
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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  Nightsurfer: This game here <Rene Gralla vs Simon Demel, Hamburg 2015> looks like a kind of blueprint for the scholar-like execution of the stratagem of the <King's Indian Attack> against the commander-in-chief of the opposing troops.

And by the suicidal attack of White G4-Knight head on to the square f6, please see <30.Ngf6+! ...>, herewith the diagram as follows ...

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... , the Leader of the Southern Army was inspired by the game A Skripchenko vs I Krush, 2004 - since back then in New York 2004, our most charming Almira Skripchenko had demonstrated how the sacrifice of a Knight might shatter the castle of the enemy. The strike of <28.Nh6+! ...>, a great move by Almira Skripchenko, please see the diagram as follows ...

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..., should have been the winner for Almira Skripchenko (though Almira Skripchenko later missed several chances of the final knock-out) just the same way as <30.Ngf6+! ...> was the beginning of the end for Black in this game here <Rene Gralla vs Simon Demel, Hamburg 2015>.

BTW, it is rather obvious in this game here <Rene Gralla vs Simon Demel, Hamburg 2015> that Black should better not accept the "sacrifice" of White Knight after <30.Ngf6+! ...>, please see once more the corresponding diagram as follows ...

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..., because <30. ... gxf6?> would be the <Highway to Hell> after <31.Qh6! ...>, please see the diagram as follows ...

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... ; all right, Black might try <31. ... Kh8>, but he would be pretty helpless against the follow-up <32.Nxf6 Qb7+ 33.Re4 ...>, therefore desperation would be the only option for Black after <33. ... Qxe4+> - there aint't no hope anyway! - <34.dxe4 Nd6 35.Qxh7#>.

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  Nightsurfer: The <King's Indian Attack> of this game here <Rene Gralla vs Simon Demel, Hamburg 2015> has been executed in a rather simplistic manner, of course. State of the art are the more sophisticated cases of Fischer vs Panno, 1970 and Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967, no doubt about that!
Dec-06-16  parisattack: Nice game <Nightsurfer>! I play the French and against the KIA I like Ivanchuk's idea in this game:

Bologan vs Ivanchuk, 2010

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  AylerKupp: <parisattack> I'm glad that you like it, but I wouldn't consider a game without ...d5 to be a French defense as the pawn structures become very different.

When I was active in chess the French was my main weapon against 1.e4. But I don't remember what I played against the KIA, how many times I faced it, or what my results were.

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  wtpy: This is an all roads lead to mate kind of position. After Rg4 the top 3 moves (and maybe more) all come with mate in x moves per Stockfish.

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